Mile Building
Sail, Discover and Explore further afield

Want to gain more sea-time and consolidate experience by mile building?

Maybe you want to gain more miles towards your next RYA ticket or simply gain greater experience with some serious sea-time and additionally exploring famous Greek historical sites along the way.

Then this is the trip for you! – lots of sailing and exploring for those with a penchant for an adventure on the water.  A two week trip of approximately 800 miles with a qualified skipper on-board to provide teaching along the route. The focus of the trip is really all about gaining further experience in more challenging conditions, improving your sailing, learning more about watch systems, offshore and coastal passage making techniques, offshore safety – all whilst building miles and discovering new places.

How does it work?

2 Week Adventure Sailing

The boat will be organized with all crew sharing in the day to day running, including sailing, watch keeping & catering. The trip involves several 24 hour passages and time ashore may be limited. Plenty of opportunity for crew to plan passages, pilotage and take charge on board.


The cost is £1600 per person for 2 weeks. This milebuilder will take place on Grand Cru, our luxury Bavaria 56, which will allow all those taking part to experience the thrill of sailing a large, luxury yacht around some of Greece’s most beautiful scenery. You can see more about Grand Cru here.

Cabins will be SHARED and the layout of the yacht consists of 1 bunk cabin consisting of 2 single berths, 1 twin cabin with 2 single berths, 2 double cabins making up 4 berths – 8 berths total. When you book, you will be able to choose which berth you take on a first come first served basis.

Included: accommodation on board, mooring fees, very basic dry stores, yacht expenses & safety equipment, fuel, gas, water, bedding.

Not included: Fresh food/ drink (kitty advisable), meals ashore, flights, travel insurance.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining us on a mile builder.

Read about Tom’s trip round Greece on Tranquilizer here



About the trip

The trip will include at least 2 passages over 60 miles (of which you have to have 5 for the Yachtmaster pre requisites), plenty of overnight passages and pilotage into new ports as well as a focus on passage making skills including various watch keeping systems, downwind sailing techniques, sail trim and on-board weather forecasting techniques.

When time allows throughout the week there will be opportunity to hone some more advanced boat handling techniques under power as well as core skills, such as sailing onto moorings. This trip is ideal for Day Skippers wanting to build miles and skills or anyone wanting to gain more experience towards Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster without the pressure of being on a course. It is not a purely teaching trip, however, and there will be times for fishing, reading, exploring and relaxing!

The trip route and places visited are subject to external factors particularly weather conditions, so please be aware any route could be liable to change for safety reasons.

Passage Making

Passages are divided into watches of 2, 3, or 4 hours depending upon passage duration, sea conditions, crew numbers and experience. Watch leader and all crew will be actively involved in helming, sail trim, navigation, catering and generally running an efficient yacht. Our skipper is at minimum an RYA/MCA qualified Yachtmaster Offshore with passage making experience and will provide instruction en-route.


Sail Ionian Yachts

We are using a Bavaria 56 for the 2018 milebuilding trip. It can comfortably sleep 8 people in 4 cabins and the skipper in their own separate self contained cabin. All our yachts are fully equipped and coded for passage making trips with all the necessary safety equipment and more including SOLAS approved life jackets, EPIRBs, grab bag, liferaft and spare VHF radio.


On board

Your skipper will available to provide tuition along the route to enhance your sailing skills whilst undertaking offshore and coastal passages. The boat will be organised in a professional manner with all crew taking part in the day to day running, including sailing, watch keeping & catering.


Required Qualifications

Minimum age: 17

RYA Skipper

Approximate Route


Day 1 - Safety brief and shake-down sail

Guests arrive at Sail Ionian’s base on Lefkas and are greeted by the skipper over an introductory lunch.  A full boat and safety brief takes up most of the afternoon with the yacht departing late afternoon for a short shake-down sail to Vathi on Ithaca.

Day 2 Ithaca to Pilos

An early departure from Ithaca with around 100 nm to cover.  Bound for Pylos, an attractive mediteranean town in the Gulf of Navarino on the Pelaponnese , site of a famous Nineteenth Century British naval victory.

Day 3 Pilos to Chania, Crete

The longest leg of the trip sees us leave Pilos early with 150nm miles to cover bound for Chania on Crete. Heading around the South of the Peloponnese we pass the ruined city of Methoni before open water sailing to Crete.

Day 4 Rest stop in Chania

A lazy morning to catch up on lost sleep and explore the beautiful old port of Chania.

Day 5 Chania to Hydra

We set of north easterly bound for the legendary island of Hydra, the passage is over 120nm and should take around 24 hours.

Day 6 Rest stop in Hydra

Lunch and a well deserved swim in a small bay on the coast of Hydra followed by dinner ashore in the main town. Hydra town is a maze of small steep alleyways, donkeys and chic restaurants!

Day 7 Hydra to Apollonia

Heading out into the Aegean we sail to Apollonia or Adamantas.

Day 8 Apollonia to Naxos

We set our sights on Naxos around 100nm away, the largest island of the Cyclades, arriving late at night with an early start expected the next day.

Day 9 Naxos to Epidavros

A journey of 115nm takes us back West across the Aegean and through the Saronic South of Athens to the small town of Palia Epidavros which positions us for tomorrows navigation of the Corinth Canal.

Day 10 Epidavros through the Corinth Canal to Galaxhidi

Departing Epidavros at dawn we enter the Corinth Canal mid-morning passing beneath it’s towering stone walls. Once through into the Gulf of Corinth we continue on to the pretty town of Galaxhidi in time for dinner ashore.

Day 11 Trip to Delphi, sail to Trizonia

Morning visit to the ancient site of Delphi if desired. Delphi is not only the ancient home to the most famous oracle but also the place where the Olympic Games originated. The yacht will leave early afternoon for the short hop to the small island of Trizonia.

Day 12 Trizonia to Fiscardo, Keffalonia

Departing at dawn heading West we pass under the Rion Antirion bridge near Patras, at 2,880m long the bridge is an incredible sight to sail under. Entering the Ionian we continue on for the popular port of Fiscardo on Keffalonia.

Day 13 Fiskardo to Vliho

A leisurely last day allows us to follow the wind and ensure we get a good sail, those wishing to fly back from Kephalonia will depart now whist the rest of the crew will head towards base on Lefkas.

Day 14 Vliho to Home

Transfers and flights.